McNicholas Theatre holds first September Showcase

The McNicholas Theatre Department held their first ever September Showcase on Sept. 24, 2020.

The showcase took place in the café and featured monologues, duet scenes, and songs from students in Theatre II, III, and IV. The goal of the showcase was to help reorient students to being on stage, and to make sure that they would be able to have at least one live performance.

“I thought it was a great way for all of us to start the year…a great way for everybody else to see other people’s talents and skills. I think a lot of people [were] surprised,” Director and Theatre teacher Teresa De Zarn said.

Students wore masks during the performance, and microphones were sanitized in between each performance.  Students who performed in duet scenes stood six feet apart, and the audience sat socially distanced with one table for each family.

Due to coronavirus and the possibility of having to transfer to remote learning, having a showcase in September ensured that students were able to be involved in at least one live performance this year.

“I really liked being in the showcase, it was really fun to perform.  I actually made new friends, which was awesome, I love making new friends…it made me want to do the play,” senior theater student Molly Stocker said.

Some students took on roles helping to keep the show running smoothly.

“It was fun to see everyone get back onstage, and kind of renew our theatrical spirit,” junior Arden Jakubovic said.  Jakubovic was the show’s stage manager.

The showcase also gave some transfer students the opportunity to experience McNick’s theatre.

“It was a great way to start off at a new school, a good theatre project, and a good taste of what’s to come.  I’m really excited about it…it was pretty encouraging,” junior Zach Geiser said.

“It was fun to actually get onstage. It was simple, fun, and relaxed.  I was just happy that we got to do something,” sophomore Andy Edwards said.

Sophomore Harlan Mulvey performs a monologue from The Glass Menagerie. “Overall, I thought the showcase was a great idea! It’s a good way for theatre students to perform without being in a show, especially during this time when putting on a show can be difficult. It’s a great way to get kids on stage, doing what they love to do. I loved everyone’s performances,” Mulvey said.

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